In 1886 Alaska and other Arctic areas were places where native peoples were mixing with American whalers, sealers and exploring exhibitions. That year, the United States Revenue Cutter Bear ranged from Siberia to the Pribilof and Aleutian Islands and up the west coast of Alaska; Lieutenant C.D. Kennedy of the Revenue Marine Service served as the “official” photographer for the voyage. His camera recorded many eye-catching scenes heretofore never publicly displayed.
These photographs are from a collection of over 60 images given to Plymouth State University by the late Professor Charles McGoldrick. A grant from the Gordon Foundation of New York City made possible the digital restoration and enlargement by Black and White Image of Portland, Maine, of these old and fragile photographs.
Location: Lamson Library, main level
Hours: open to the public during library hours
The exhibition was curated by Dr. David C. Switzer, professor emeritus of history; Dr. Katherine C. Donahue, professor of anthropology; and Dr. Mark J. Okrant, professor of geography and tourism and director of the Institute for New Hampshire Studies at Plymouth State University.
Posters: A limited number of posters of the exhibit are available for $10.00 (cash or check only). Arrangements for pickup at Rounds Halls in Plymouth can be made by contacting Dr. David Switzer.